If you are in an accident while riding a motorcycle in Plantation, you need attorneys who can give you the attention you need. Too many attorneys treat motorcycle accidents like every other kind of car accident. At Anidjar & Levine, we know how to handle motorcycle accidents and can provide the personal, individual attention your case needs.
How Can I Help My Case After a Motorcycle Accident?
While our team will handle the legal aspects of your case, there are things you can do to help bolster your case:
Get Medical Treatment
Get medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. Make sure that you attend follow up visits to your doctor, take prescribed medicine, or undergo any medical procedures that your doctors recommend.
If you fail to get medical treatment or ignore your doctor’s orders, the insurer can use that to argue your injuries were unrelated to the accident or that you contributed to them by failing to seek or follow treatment.
Watch Who You Speak to After an Accident
What you say after an accident can affect your ability to recover compensation. Shortly after an accident, the insurance company may contact you. It will likely either ask for a recorded statement or offer you a quick settlement.
CAUTION: Do not give a recorded statement or accept a settlement until you have spoken to an attorney.
While it might seem as though the insurer is trying to help you or give you the compensation you need quickly, this is rarely the case. The insurer can — and will — use anything you say in a recorded statement against you. And it is easier than you think. Simply saying, “I’m sorry” or “I’m okay” can be an admission of fault or an agreement that you are uninjured.
Any settlement the insurer offers, especially one right after the accident, is likely much less than you need to cover your injuries. If you accept a quick settlement from the insurance company and later realize you do not have enough money to cover your losses, you are out of luck.
Speak with an Attorney
Our team will handle all communication and negotiations with the insurance company. This ensures you do not do or say anything to jeopardize your settlement and allows you to focus on your recovery rather than your claim.
How Do I Know Who Is Responsible for My Motorcycle Accident?
Any road user who behaves negligently and causes an accident is liable for any injuries that occur. Negligence on the part of other drivers can include:
- Failing to survey before changing lanes, merging, or turning at an intersection
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Driving while distracted, fatigued, or intoxicated
- Failing to treat motorcyclists as other road users who have the same rights and responsibilities
To determine the liable party, our investigator may review police reports, examine photos and surveillance footage, look over your car, or interview witnesses.
What If the Other Party Blames Me for My Accident?
This is a common tactic insurers use, especially in motorcycle accidents. We will investigate your case to determine whether the insurer might have any opportunities to do so. This can allow us to create defenses before we need them. Some common allegations include:
The Rider Did Not Yield the Right-of-Way
Some drivers believe that cars always have the right of way or that motorcycles must always yield to cars. This is false. Cars and motorcycles have equal rights to the roads and follow the same rules.
Motorcycle Riders Cause More Accidents
Many drivers believe that motorcycle riders cause more accidents than car drivers do. This is also false. According to the Sun Sentinel, a 2013 Florida Department of Transportation study found that car drivers were responsible for accidents with motorcycles approximately 60 percent of the time.
Even though motorcyclists are responsible for accidents less often than drivers are, this perception that riders are dangerous often leads to car drivers — and insurers — assuming that the motorcycle driver is at fault for an accident. Our team will help you fight this perception.
Not Wearing a Helmet
The other party or its insurer might also try to blame you for your injuries. Because Florida does not have a universal helmet law, many riders choose to forgo wearing one. And while we always suggest riders wear a helmet every time they jump on their bike, we know that not everyone does.
Even if you were not wearing a helmet, we might still be able to get you compensation for your injuries.
Note: You can still recover compensation even if you were partially at-fault for the collision. However, our team will do what we can to lessen your fault and get you the most compensation possible.
What Compensation Can I Recover?
We can help you recover damages for any injuries that resulted from your motorcycle accident. Our firm has the resources to gather evidence that shows how inured you are, and present it to an insurance company or a jury. This helps us present a full picture of your damages.
There are two types of damages: economic and noneconomic. Economic damages are those with a set dollar amount, such as:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Loss of the ability to advance at work or get a promotion at your job
Noneconomic damages do not have an exact value. Rather, they differ from case to case and include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of quality of life
- Anxiety or depression
While we cannot tell you exactly what your case is worth at first glance, we will gather necessary documentation and speak with experts to determine what you might be able to expect.
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If you are in Plantation and have been in a motorcycle accident, you deserve personal attention from your attorneys. The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can give your case the attention it needs while using our experience to hold drivers liable. We can help answer your questions and present the strongest case possible to a court.